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Young Blade recognised by LFE

6 June 2017

The on and off the pitch achievements of 11 young footballers has been recognised by League Football Education (LFE), including United's Tyler Smith.

'The 11' acknowledges the football and academic progress of Under-18 players on apprenticeships at current or former English Football League (EFL) clubs - and is also designed to assess other factors including involvement in community or charity based initiatives.

Judged by LFE's team of regional officers, this accolade celebrates the holistic development of young players, a barometer which is also applied to the LFE Apprentice of the Year Awards presented at The EFL Awards dinner next month.

Ademola Lookman, who joined Everton from Charlton in January and AFC Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook (formerly Leeds United) were both named in 'The 11' ahead of becoming the Championship's Apprentice of the Year, while others to previously feature in this select group include Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham), Conor Chaplin (Portsmouth) and Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin (formerly of the Blades).

The 11 - June 2017:
· Tom Scott (AFC Wimbledon)
· Oliver Mulders (Birmingham City)
· Lewis Thompson (Blackburn Rovers)
· Tommy Wood (Burnley)
· Billy Crellin (Fleetwood Town)
· Sam Dalby (Leyton Orient)
· Luke Andersen (Lincoln City)
· Hugo Logan (Milton Keynes Dons)
· Rhys Kavanagh (Newport County)
· Tyler Smith (Sheffield United)
· Matthew Taylor (Wigan Athletic)

LFE chief executive Alan Sykes added: "The 11 is directly associated with apprentice reviews that are conducted by our regional officer's throughout the season. It is a great way to highlight the achievements and progression of talented young footballers who apply themselves to all aspects of their apprenticeship."